RECENT SPEAKING PART 2 CUE CARDS JAN-APR 2019
1. Describe a time when you got money in the form of gift
-When did you receive?
-By whom you received?
-Did you utilize it somewhere?
-Was it useful?
• Awe- an amazing feeling of wonder
• Reverence- respect shown to someone
• Gratified- to create happiness
• Overwhelming- great in number
• Rapport- friendship
• Momentous-of nice importance
• Kith and Kin- blood relatives
• Life and Soul- main support
• Over themoon-to be extraordinarily happy
• To get on well with- to grasp somebody and revel in similar interests
• Do you think that individuals value more highly to receive gifts rather than money? Why?
• Do you think that the old generation ought to teach their youngsters the way to conserve money?
• Do you always use money or a credit card?
• What are the advantages of using a card over cash?
• Do credit cards have downsides?
• Do you think that credit cards can replace cash in the future?
• Do you think that that gift giving can play an obligatory role in daily routine in the future? Why?
• Compare the gifts which individuals have received ten years before to the gifts that folks currentlyarea receiving? What’s the distinction between them?
• Do you think that that the brand is important for trading?
• Do you think that the worth of the gift is totally different after you obtain one thing and you receive one thing while not paying anything?
• What public facilities should the authorities provide for free?
• Is transport important?
• How necessary is free primary education?
• What different public services are needed in your nation?
• Have you ever received different free gifts with shopping?
2. A beautiful city
-what is the name of the city?
-where is it located?
-when you visited it?
-why did you like about the place?
-what are the famous attractions of this city?
-and explain what influence does the city have on you?
High rise flats- multi storey apartments
To get around
Out of town shopping centre
Places of interest
Up market Shops- expensive fashionable shops
Adulation- excessive admiration
Aesthetic- relating to art or beauty
Copious- very large in number
Did you go there with friends or by yourself?
How did you feel when you reached there?
When according to you is the best time to visit the place?
What are the benefits and drawbacks of living in a big city?
What changes have you witnessed in your city in past 10 years?
Name some good tourist attractions in your city?
Why do you think living in your city is a good choice than living in any other city?
Does having too many tourists a positive thing for a historical attraction?
What can be done to stop the damage being done by the visitors to historical places?
Why do people prefer to go to historical cities?
What problem can be caused when maintaining historical cities?
Why do people visit modern cities?
3. Talk about a person you saw is beautiful or handsome
-When you saw
-Where you saw
-Why handsome or beautiful?
Exemplary for others
Diligent- hard working
To keep in touch- to communicate
-The sky is the limit- no limit
Cropped hair- very short hair
To be fair skinned- light skinned
To grow old gracefully
To look young for your age
Youthful appearance- to look young
Is it easy to become beautiful?
What are the disadvantages of being a beautiful person?
Does someone have to face a lot of pressure if they are beautiful?
Is looking beautiful a positive or a negative thing?
Should companies who sell clothes hire beautiful models?
Is a good thing to hire beautiful models?
Do you think appearance is everything?
4. Describe a good law in your country
-what is the law?
-how do you know about it?
-what do people think about this law?
-why you think it is a good law?
Compelling- driving or forcing
Stance- a publicly stated opinion
Negligence- failure to act
Perjury- offence of making false statements under oath
Detention- state of being confined usually for a short time
Interrogation- an instance of questioning
Malpractice- professional wrong doing that results in injury or damage
Culprit- someone responsible for wrongdoing
Is this law acceptable to the people of your country?
Is there any situation where in people might disobey the law?
What qualities should a police officer have?
How successful are laws in your country?
Is it important for people to obey laws?
What are the ways in which people can be encouraged to obey laws?
Is it ok to have a minor breach of law?
Why do some people prefer to be a lawyer?
5. A time when a young person learnt something from you
-what you taught him/her
-when it was
-how long it was for
-and explain how you felt about it
- How the person felt
Abstruse- difficult to understand
Work out- calculate
Time heals all wounds
Repressed- feelings you do not express
Exemplar- a good example of something
Stave off- stop something bad from happening
Tenderly- softly and gently
Is it important for children to develop skills for teamwork?
What is your opinion about teamwork?
What skills are the most important for jobs sector in your country?
Why should students focus on practical aspects of education than the theoretical aspects?
What is the importance of having technical skills?
Why is it important to learn from others?
Why are friends important?
6. Talk about a quiet place you visited
-where it is
-when did you go there
-why you liked the place
-How you reached there?
Nine to five job
-Drive someone crazy-make you upset
Once in a while
Tranquil- Quiet and peaceful
Fascination- a very strong attraction
Rejuvenate- make something look younger
Exhausted- very tired
Seek- to look for
Solitude- state of being alone
Hustle and Bustle- busy and noisy activity
Trivial- not important
Why don’t some people like tranquil places?
Do you know any other quiet places apart from this one?
Do you need a quiet place when you are at work?
Why do people like spending time in quiet places?
Is there anyone in your known who likes noise?
Is there a place where there is complete silence?
What are the advantages of quiet places?
What is it like working at a noisy place?
How can the noise level at urban places be reduced?
Do people feel comfortable in places that are quiet?
Will cities become noisier in future?
What can be done if one’s neighbors are noisy all the time?
7. Describe a talkative person
-Who is he/ she?
-How do you know him / her?
-Do you like him / her?
-what is the person like? -and explain how you felt about the person?
Large circle of friends
Make effort to keep in touch with
Humor-a funny or an amusing quality
Ambivalence- simultaneous attitude and feelings
Chatty- someone who likes talking in a friendly way
Garrulous- person who talks a lot
Gabby- talking a lot in an annoying way
· Extrovert- energetic person who likes the company of others
Out and out- totally
Galling- causing irritation and annoyance
What are the differences between formal and informal discussion?
What kind of jobs requires a person to be talkative?
Should kids be encouraged to talk more?
Are people from your country mostly talkative?
Is communication important? Why?
What kind of situations let you communicate freely?
Is communication important for children?
How can a person develop his/her communication skills?
8. An outdoor sport you would want to do in future
-what is the sport?
-when and where you would do it?
-what preparations and equipment you would need for it?
• A thirst for adventure- strong want for adventure
• Put all of your eggs in one basket- put all of your effort in one thing
• To get into shape- to become fit
• To set a record
• A sports centre
• Personal best- to achieve the best personal result up to now
• Strenuous exercise- exercise that requires a lot of effort physically
• Off and on- occasionally
• To train hard- with a lot of effort
• Tactic- planned way of doing something
• Adrenaline rush- sudden burst of energy
• Toil and moil- hard labor
• Leave no stone unturned- put together all possible efforts
• What are the benefits of playing sports?
• What is the major difference in playing sports individually and playing in a group?
• Are sportsperson good role models for children?
• Do they earn too much money? Is it justifiable?
• Which sport is popular in your country?
• Are the sports popular because of media? What role does it have to play?
• Why do people spend a lot of money on watching sports?
9. A teenager you know
-Who is she/he?
-When you met her/him?
-Do you like her/him?
-Why you like her/him?
-What this teenager likes to do?
Profound- having or showing great knowledge
Gracious- polite in a way showing respect
Eloquence- ability to speak well
Savvy- practical knowledge and ability
Fair and square- honest
Heart and soul- with full devotion
Speck and span- neat and smart
Contempt- not obeying
Smugness- too satisfied
What is the basic difference between children and teenagers?
Why does this difference classify them?
Who do you like out of the two- teenagers or children?
What is the attitude of teenagers towards their grandparents in your country?
Are the teenagers today better than those 10 years ago?
What is the major difference between teenage boys and girls?
At what age can a teenager be considered an adult? Why?
10. Something you enjoyed playing when you were a child
-What type of game it was
-How you played it
-Who you played it with
-why don't you play it anymore?
Addicted to a particular toy
Fragment- a small piece or part
Orgiastic- exciting and interesting
Impeccable- perfect with no problems
Conceit- state of being too proud of yourself and your actions
Goods and chattels- belongings of home
Warp and woof- essential parts of a thing
Affectation- an exaggerated display
What kind of games are children interested in these days?
Why do people play different kind of games when they grow up as adults? Why a sudden change in the type?
Is it always important to win while playing games?
What kind of games do children like to play at school?
11. Talk about a historical building you admire
-Which building you admire?
-Where is it?
-Why do you admire or like it?
-When was it built?
Aesthetic- relating to art or beauty
Hallmark- a distinctive characteristic
Placid- calm, peaceful
Tawdry- of great value
Amazing- unbelievable, fantastic, fabulous, incredible, astounding
Beautiful- breathtaking, wonderful, picturesque, gorgeous
Is it important to conserve buildings? Why?
Should the government maintain historical buildings?
Why do people like to visit such buildings?
What kind of buildings arw the most popular in your country?
Shouldthe government make an effort to preserve the historical buildings?
Is history useful for the future generations? Why?
What are the differences between houses built in the past and now?
12. A historical period you want to know more about
-What period you want to know more about?
-why do you want to know about it?
-How can you know about it?
The Anthropocene : relating to the period of time during which humans have affected the Earth’s environment, geology, and climate, usually considered to be between the 18th century and the present
The Bronze age: the period of ancient history when people made tools and weapons from bronze, from around 3500 to 1500 BC, after the Stone Age and before the Iron Age
The Christian era: the period of history that dates from the time that Jesus Christ is believed to have been born
Colonial: relating to the period when the part of North America that became the US was ruled by Britain
The middle Ages: the period in European history between about the year 500 AD and the year 1500 AD. Things that belong to this period are medieval. The early part of the same period is called the Dark Ages and the period after it is the Renaissance.
The Reformation: a period of religious change in Europe in the 16th century, in which the Protestant Church was started
Archeology: the scientific study of material remains (such as tools, pottery, jewelry, stone walls, and monuments) of past human life and activities.
Legends: someone very famous and admired, usually because of their ability in a particular area:
Chronicle: a record of past events
Biography: an account of the series of events that make up the life of a person
Antiquity: an artifact surviving from the past
Fantasy: a form of fiction with imagination
Cultural heritage: Legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a group that are inherited from past generations and maintained in the present
Folk life: the way of life of a rural or traditional community.
Contemporary: belonging to the present.
Superstition: a belief that is not based on reason or scientific knowledge but connected with old ideas about magic.
Cognition: the use of conscious mental processes
Are children these days learning too much about the history?
There are many people who get bored with the dates and time associated with history. What is your view?
Is internet a good source of knowledge when it comes to learning history?
A lot of people feel that learning from past experiences is a waste of time, what is your opinion?
Is it important to know about the history of a particular period?
What are the sources from where people can get reliable information related to history?
Do historical figures serve as role models for the young generation today?
Do you think museums should be free of cost to enter or should there be a fee?
Should local people pay the same amount to enter a museum as the tourists do?
What is the future of the museums?
What important things a person can learn from past?
13. Describe a food that people usually eat on special events
-What is the food?
-Any special ingredients?
- When do people eat?
-Why is the food important for the particular occasion?
· A slap up meal- a large meal
A sweet tooth- enjoy sugary food
Makes my mouth water- makes you feel hungry for something
Accolade- tribute, honor, praise
Boisterous- loud and lively
Delicacies- special and unique food
Refreshments- drinks and eatables
Now and then- occasionally
Kith and kin- blood relatives
What other foods are famous in your country?
Why do people buy foreign food?
Why is there shortage of food?
What is your view on having dinner at home?
Compare the eating habits of the present generation with the past one?
Is your country’s food healthy?
Are there many vegetarians in your country?
What are the components of a healthy diet according to you?
Will the way we eat food change in the future?
Do meals have any special meaning in your culture?
Should there be regulations by the government on food production?
14. An intelligent person in your known
-who this person is
-when and where you first met them
-what kind of person they are
-why you think this person is intelligent.
Profound- deep knowledge
Versatile- able to do different things
Impinging- having an effect on
Take great pains to do something
By hook or by crook- doing something by any means
Tenacity- persistent determination
Unswerving- having a powerful effect
Catch up- to try to reach the same standard or level
Once in a blue moon- something that happens seldom
Are most of the intelligent people happy? Are they selfish too?
Do you find intelligent people helpful?
Who plays an important role in the education of children, teachers or parents? Why?
What qualities does a good teacher have?
How can the teachers improve the quality of education?
15. A time when someone cheated you
-How you felt?
-Who was the person?
-Why do you think he/she cheated?
Vile- very bad, unpleasant
Scorned- a feeling that something is not worthy of any respect
Outrage- extreme anger
Lubberly- clumsy and unskilled
Frivolous- not important
Freakish- very strange
Skeptical- having doubt about something
Blustering- to speak in a loud and aggressive way
Babbling- noisy quarrel over pity matters
Dupe- one that is easily cheated
What is your definition of cheating?
Have you ever cheated someone?
Why do you think people cheat?
If you got a chance to cheat in exams, would you cheat?
What are the possible situations that make a person cheat?
Do you think honesty should be taught to children at a very young age?
Is being completely honest all times good?
Is honesty the only important quality a person should have?
If everyone in the world stopped cheating, would the world be a better place to live in?
How can we prevent cheating?
16. A situation when you got something you really wanted
-What was it?
-Who gave it to you?
-When you received it
-How you felt after receiving it
Numerous- great in number
Fascinated- strongly attracted
Wrapped- something that is covered with paper
Budget constraints- restriction on spending money
Study commitments- dedication towards study
Passionate-caused by strong feelings or beliefs
Fabulous gift- extraordinary
Blended- mix of something
Why this gift is precious to you?
Do you think present giving plays an important role in daily like? Why?
Do you think brand name is important while selecting a gift?
Why do we like receiving gifts?
Who usually give you gifts
What type of gifts related items are popular in your country
Do you think gift giving customs are different now than they were in past? How?
17. A remote place you would like to visit
-Where you would like to go?
-How would you go there?
-Who you would like to go with
-What you want to do there?
Numerous- great in number
Relics- historical object
Regime- an authoritarian one
Mesmerizing- capturing one’s complete attention
Locality- site of something
Troublesome- causing difficulty
Why do people need to travel?
Which different places you like to visit?
Do people in your country like to spend holidays at home or going abroad?
· What do you think people learn from travelling to other countries?
· What benefits can the society derive if its members have experience of travelling to other countries?
Do you like to hang out with your friends or family?
Do you think travelling to different places makes you more creative?
Which remote places are popular in your country?
18. A time you came across something that someone had lost
-What did you find?
-When did you find
-Where you found it
-How you returned it back to its owner
-How you felt?
String- material consisting of a thread
Popping out- come out
Buried- hidden underground
Curiosity- a strong desire
Have you ever lost something?
What kind of things you have lost so far?
What do you usually do to find your lost item?
What makes some people find things easily?
Should parents teach children in case they find something not belonging to them?
What are the things that people lose always?
Why is it necessary to preserve historical things?
What you are going to do if you lost your any special thing?
19. A piece of equipment that you got repaired
-What was it?
-What was the problem?
-How you repaired it
-Explain how you felt about it
Token of appreciation- symbol of prizing
Initially- at first
Rushed- something done in hurry
Hefty amount- large sum of money
· Observation- watching something
Splendid- very impressive
Do you think nowadays people purchase a lot of things?
Do you think consumerism is a good trend?
Would you like to replace a defective thing or get it repaired?
What are the things that get repaired easily?
What are effects of replacing things more frequently?
What are the benefits of repairing things rather than replacing a thing?
Do you like to purchase many things?
20. A skill that might take a long time to learn
-What is that skill?
-Why does it take a long time?
-How and from where you can learn it
-How is it beneficial for you in future?
Determination-firmness of a particular purpose
Dedication- committed to work
Lexical-relating to the words and vocabulary
Daunting-something that seems difficult
Adapting- gradually converting
What kind of skills may take a very long time to learn?
Why do people spend a lot of time learning one particular skill?
Why do some people not want to learn new skills?
What kinds of skills are valuable in your country?
Can you compare the skills that are important nowadays with the skills that were important 20 years ago?
What skills might be important in the future?
Do you think learning a new language is a difficult task?
21. Describe an important date in the history of your country
-What was it?
-Why is it celebrated?
-What people did on this day?
-Why is it special?
imperative- of vital importance
revolution- in favor of a new system
patriotism- support for one’s country
glorious- bringing fame
republic- a group with a certain equality
venue- place where something happens
Do you think history is important?
Are you interested in knowing about history?
Do you think internet is good place to earn about history?
How do you think famous historical figures serve as role models for young people?
Do you think that history subject must be there at school time?
Have you ever seen a historical movie?
Which historical person you admire?
Why do some students consider history subject as boring subject?
22. A time you met an interesting old person
-Who is the person?
-How you met him
-Where you met him
-Why you found him interesting
Agile- who is able to move quickly
Conscious- aware of
Plenty- more than enough
Accolades- honor or recognition
Unconditional- not subject to any condition
Affection- a gentle feeling of liking
Intellectual- related to mental capacity
Illustrious- admired for past achievements
Do you think young people and old people have same interests?
What skills can old person teach young ones?
In which skills do you think old people lack in?
· Do people like living with old people in your country?
· How much time should children spend their grandparents?
· What is the difference between the thinking of an old person and young one?
How, too many old people act as role models for children?
23. Describe the thing usually done by you regularly for your job or study
-What the thing is
-Where you usually practice this
-Why are you doing this on daily basis?
-With whom you do
-How you felt about it
Confront-be face to face with
Soothing-free from anxiety
Is time-table important?
What’s your favorite part of daily routine?
Is there anything you dislike about your latest job?
Do people prefer to practice same things regularly in your country?
Who taught you to be regular?
Where you usually go when you feel depressed?
Is it necessary for schools to guide students about time management?
24. Talk about a person you wanted to be like when you were growing up
-Who is the person?
-How do you know him/her?
-What qualities in that person encouraged you?
-Can you relate your personality with theirs’ at present?
Equivalent- a person who is equal to another in value
Extol- praise in an enthusiastic way
Admire- regard with respect
Propel- push something forward
Let your freak flag fly- let others see your unique qualities
Get your head around it- to understand a particular thing
Step up your game- to start performing better in something
Follow up questions:-
· What qualities in the person made you admire him/her?
· What makes someone a great leader?
· Do you think childrens choice and preferences change when they grow up?
· Do you think the concerned person helped you improve your personality in any manner?
· Is considering Bollywood celebrities as role models ideal according to you?
What kind of people do young ones like nowadays?
Do you still like to follow him/her?
25. A situation when you did not have enough time
-What was the situation?
-Was this task significant?
-Why didn’t you have enough time?
-How did you deal with this situation?
Procrastination- the action of delaying something.
Procrastination is the thief of time.
The eleventh hour- the latest possible moment.
Burn midnight oil- read or work late into the night.
Unforeseeable- not able to predict.
Put something off- to decide to do something at a later point of time.
Follow up questions:-
What were the repercussions? Was it negative or positive?
What did you learn from that incident?
Is planning important?
Does planning things in advance reduce the case of any unforeseen circumstances?
What can we do to avoid such circumstances?
Have you ever guided others from your experience?
26. An interesting part of your country
- Where is it located?
-When and how did you come to know about it?
-Why is it famous?
-Have you ever been there?
Fascinating- extremely interesting.
Flawless- without any imperfections or defects; perfect.
Aesthetic- related to beauty
Awestruck- filled with feelings of admiration
Immaculate- perfectly clean, neat, or tidy.
Clean as a whistle- means that something is neat and clean
· Spick and span- neat and clean
Is the place also suitable to live in?
What are some of the benefits enjoyed by the people living in such areas?
Do you prefer spending time in cities or country side areas?
Is there anything you would like to change about this place?
What kinds of people visit this type of places?
27. A street market in your city
-Name of the market and where is it?
-What all products can people buy from there?
-How far is this market from your place?
-How do you feel about this market?
Money doesn't grow on trees
Get (one's) money's worth- To get a sufficient level of satisfaction on one's investment
Amazed- greatly surprised
Cheap as chips- Very inexpensive
On a tight budget- to have limited amount of money
High street names- well known established shops
To snap up a bargain- to buy something that is being sold at a very cheap price
Follow up questions:-
Do you like shopping online?
What are the advantages of shopping products online?
Whom do you like to take along with you while shopping?
Are you a brandaholic person?
Do street markets sell things at cheap prices? How is the quality different from those things available at branded shops?
What are the advantages of buying things from street markets?
Is there any disadvantage of shopping from such street markets?
Do you consider shopping as your leisure activity?
28. Talk about a strange animal you saw for the first time
-What it is
-Where it is found
-Where and when you saw it
-What it looks like
-How did you feel when you saw it?
-Explain why you think it was strange
• Part and parcel- being an important part
• Mountainous- an animal that lives in mountain or hilly region
• Herbivorous- a grass eating animal
• Carnivores- a meat eating animal
• Omnivores- an animal that eats both grass and meat
• Beautiful- elegant, magnificent, impressive
• Gregarious- sociable
• Amazing- Spectacular, astonishing
• Powerful- energetic
• Creature- living being, Species
• Habitat- dwelling
• Outlook- appearance
• Characteristics- uniqueness
• Fascinating- attractive
• Endangered- rare
• Poaching- hunting
• Are wild TV animal programs beneficial? Why?
• How are these programs beneficial?
• Should rare animals be raised in the zoos?
• Tell me about an animal which is very rare in your hometown.
• Why do people keep pets in their homes?
• Do you think people do not respect animals these days as much they did in the past?
• Is being cruel to an animal the same as being cruel to a human?
• What do people use animals for these days?
• Is conducting research on animals a good idea?
• Why are so many animals extinct these days?
• Should people be allowed to hunt animals for the sake of entertainment?
• How can we protect endangered animals?
• What sorts of human activities make it difficult for wild animals to survive?
• Is it fair to tame wild animals for keeping them as pets?
• Should a shark be hunted down if it kills a human at sea?
• Do you agree that man is the most intelligent animal?
29. Talk about an interesting lecture you heard
-When you heard
-Why you attended it
-Where it was held
-Who gave the lecture?
-What the lecture was about (topic)
-How it influenced you or the audience
-why it was an interesting lecture?
• Attend- be present
• Lecture- talk or speech
• Occasion-an event
• Grateful- be thankful for
• Commentary- explanation
• Issues- conflicts
• Influential- powerful
• Comprehend- understand
• Memorable- unforgettable
• Relevant- appropriate
• Methodology- tactic to do something
• Creative- inspiring and artistic
• Commencement- inauguration
• Well-researched- prepared
• Eloquent- fluent
• In-depth knowledge- having sufficient knowledge
• Spellbinding speech- a captivating talk
• Informative- useful
• Dynamic personality- an energetic individual
• What is the basic difference between a political speech and a speech given by a non-political leader?
• What kinds of people are usually invited to give a speech?
• How is listening to speeches important for children?
• Do Indian people feel nervous when they have to speak something publicly?
• What qualities are important for a public speaker?
• Is confidence more important than any other skills?
• What occupations in your country need effective public speaking skills?
• Do you think it is important for children to learn speaking skills?
• How can people improve their speaking skills?
• Why are some people good speakers and some are not?
• What attributes make a speech interesting?
• Are visual aids helpful when delivering a speech to an audience?
• How are conferences useful that integrate different cultures around the world?
• Is listening to speech useful to a group discussion?
• Can you suggest any methods that can help reduce nervousness and stage fear?
• What kind of person is best suited to give a talk to a group of children?
30. A time you borrowed something from your friend
-What was it?
-When did you borrow?
-Whom you borrowed it from
-What you did with it
-Why did you borrow it?
square the accounts - to make certain that you have paid and received all the money that you owed or that others owed you
amortize- to reduce a debt by paying small amounts at regular intervals
Owe- to give something to someone because they have lent money to you
Tenant- a person who occupies land or property on rent from a landlord.
Proprietor- the owner of a business
Lend a hand- give help
Grateful- be thankful for
Requisite- thing that is required
Lend- let somebody have something temporarily
Cringe worthy - feeling of awkwardness
Overwrought - tensed
Vexation- being annoyed, or worried
Breathe a sigh of relief- relief
Do you like to borrow things?
What do you like to borrow?
How do you feel when you borrow anything from anyone?
Do you prefer to borrow things from your friends or neighbors? Why?
How often do you borrow things?
Whom do you like to borrow things from?
Have you ever lent anyone anything?
Have you ever lost anything that you had borrowed? How?
Is it good to lend your possessions?
How do you feel about those who don’t lend anything to anyone?
Do you borrow things more now than in past?
How is the borrowing habit different in different age groups?
What do men and women usually borrow?
31. A TV program that made you laugh
-What is the program?
-When and with whom you watched it
-What are the characters?
-Why did it make you laugh?
Light entertainment- television shows that are not intended to be intellectually demanding like comedy shows
Blonde joke- jokes about people generally women who have blonde hair
Comical- related to laughter/ comedy
Frivolous- not having any serious content, foolish
Slapstick- comedy based on deliberately clumsy actions or humorously embarrassing acts
Grotesque- a comically distorted figure or image
Improvisation- act of doing something without preparation
Indirect criticism- indirect practice of judging merits and faults of something
Obscene- something vulgar
Parody- work created for copying something to make fun of original work
Impersonator- someone who copy the behavior of someone
Witticism- witty remark
What kinds of shows are most popular in your country?
Do you like to watch TV programs of foreign countries?
How often do you watch comedy shows?
What is your favorite comedy show?
What is special about comedy shows?
Who is your favorite comedy star?
Do you think anyone can be a good comedian?
Have you tried to do comedy? When?
Who likes to watch comedy programs more, seniors, adults or children? Why do you think so?
How does comedy help to relieve stress?
Why some people don’t like comedy programs?
How can comedy programs be educative?
What mostly makes you laugh?
Do you like to make others laugh?
Do you think it is important to have a good sense of humor?
Do you like live comedy shows or TV comedy shows?
32. Famous person you are interested in
-Who is he/she?
-Why he/she is popular
-What you like about him/her
-Where you hear about him/her
-Why do you want to meet him/her?
-What would you do if you get a chance to meet him/her?
Personage-a person whose actions strongly affect the course of events
Immortal-a person having enduring fame.
Toast-a famous person who receives much acclaim and attention.
Versatile-person who is able to adapt or be adapted to vibrant functions, roles or activities.
Big break-the celebrity person who has got a good chance and fortune to showcase his /her skills.
One trick pony-a personality who is skilled only in a field or a specific sector of work.
Follow up questions:-
What makes anyone famous?
What are the differences between a famous person and an ordinary one?
Tell about one internationally famous personality in your nation?
What do you realize about celebrities?
What does influence people to become well known?
Do you think technology can assist people interested in it, to become well-known?
Do you think celebrities are different in several countries?
Were they different in the bygone era?
Do you think an individual who is famous is well liked?
33. A time when an old person travelled with you.
-Who the one is?
-How much time you spent together?
-What characteristics he/she has?
-Where were you going?
-What you felt about him/her?
Season ticket-a ticket that you use numerous times within a particular period.
Caravan-a group of individuals and vehicles travelling together.
Commuter-someone who travels on daily basis to and from work.
Globetrotter-a person who travels a lot.
Pilgrim-someone who travel to a religious place.
Voyager-someone who travels on a long journey, specifically by boat.
Follow up questions:-
How elders affect the young generation?
· Is there anything you dislike about old age people?
· Can a child and an old person be good friends?
How does generation gap influence the society?
What are the benefits of having grandparents in family?
Can old person be a good mentor?
What is the importance of old age group in your country?
What morals values they teach us?
34. An indoor or outdoor place where you like to study
-Where the place is
-When do you study at that place?
-What you study there
-Who you visit with
-Why do you prefer that place for study?
Armpit-the ugliest place in town
Enclave-an area of a country or city where a specific group of people live.
Dissertation-a long piece of writing on a respective subject.
Brusque-small and abrupt.
Follow up questions:-
Do you like to learn yourself or with others?
Do you prefer to study indoor or outdoor?
What is the relationship of place of study with concentration?
Do study environment affect results?
Who is your study buddy?
35. Talk about a foreign language other than English that you want to learn
-Tell the name of it and how you plan to learn it
-Where this language is spoken
-How it will assist you
-Why you want to learn it
-From where you want to learn it
Linguist-a person who can speak more than one language.
Follow up questions:-
What can people do to practice foreign language?
· Is it popular to learn foreign languages in your country?
· What are the problems people face when they learn a foreign language?
· What is the best method to learn any non-native language?
Are teaching foreign languages important in schools?
36. Talk about your dream house.
-What it would look like?
-How big it would be?
-What facilities it would have?
Utility room: - a room usually used just for washing, freezer etc.
Shed: - a separated building from the house used for storing garden tools.
Cellar: - room below the ground level without any windows and is used for storage.
Pantry: - a large cupboard used for storing food.
Terrace: - a paved area between the house and a garden for sitting and eating
Closet: - a tall cupboard with a door.
Where it would be located?
Why does this kind of house attract you?
What it would contain? What all facilities you want in your dream home?
How many people should it accommodate?
From whom will you get its interior decoration done?
Do you live in a house or a flat currently?
Have you started saving money to fulfill your dream?
Do you have any other dream except this?
37. A sports facility developed in your city
-Where is it
-What facilities are available?
-How often you go there
-What people usually do there?
-Who suggested you to go there?
And explain how you feel about it.
Athlete: A person who practices and competes in any sport.
Athletics: the category for any track and field events, such as running (long and short distance), throwing the javelin, long jump etc.
Coach: a person who is responsible for teaching and training the athletes to improve their skills.
Court: The rectangle area where games like tennis, basketball and badminton are played.
League: A group of sports clubs from one area that play against each other for the season to try and win the championship
· Physique: the strength or shape of a persons body.
· Spectator: The viewer or person who watches a sporting event.
Sportsmanship: To have good or bad sportsmanship is your attitude and your respect for the other team or player when you win or lose a game.
World record: an officially recognized record
Track: A prepared course for athletes, horses, bicycles, motor vehicles, or dogs to race on.
To commit foul: A foul is an act in a game or sport that is not allowed according to the rules
Defeat: win against someone
Fitness: being physically fit and healthy.
Penalty: In sports such as football and hockey, a penalty is an opportunity to scores a goal, which is given to the attacking team if the defending team breaks a rule near their own goal.
Aerobics: exercises designed to increase cardiovascular efficiency.
Arena: a level area surrounded by seating, in which sports and other public events are held.
Jogging: a form of running
Strength-training strategy: exercises to build muscles.
Strenuous exercise: exercise that requires a lot of physical effort.
To build muscle: to gain muscle
To train hard: to train with effort
To warm up: to perform light exercises to prepare for workout.
Follow up questions:-
Do you enjoy going to a sports club?
Should people spend more time to exercise regularly?
Should there be more sports facilities in your city?
Which is the most popular sport in your city?
How can people be encouraged to take up sports and exercises?
Why do some people enjoy participating in sports more than others?
What is the importance of games in the life of adults?
What is the importance of cognitive games?
Which type of sports do you think is better, team sports or individual sports?
What do children learn from games and sports?
How can parents help their children to take up an exercise?
Is there any difference between exercises that boys and girls usually enjoy doing?
Do you think famous sports personalities are good role models for children?
What type of equipments and facilities should be there in sport clubs for the young and elderly?
Which sports are best for people who aren’t used to physical activity?
Why do you think that some people like to take part in dangerous sports?
What kind of precautions should be taken while doing dangerous sports?
Do you think women also take interest in such sports?
Do you think the government should encourage people to participate in games and sports?
38. A handmade present you made for your friend
-What the present was?
-when did you give it?
- How did you make it?
-Why did you give it?
Perch: a bar on which something is hung
Tumultuous- loud, excited and emotional
Articulate- able to express ideas clearly
Caper- jump around in a lively way
Flaunting- to exhibit in a proud way
Treasure- to keep something you love
Honored- very respected
Deliriously happy- very happy
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Lubberly- clumsy and unskilled
Versatile- ability to do different things
Over the moon- to be extremely happy
How did you feel when you were making this present?
What kind of relation do you have with your friend?
What ideas came to your mind when making this handmade present?
What do you prefer more, something that is self made or something bought from the store?
Do children need art classes in schools?
Should government support handicrafts? Why/Why not?
Talk about the famous products of your country crafted by hand
Are these kinds of products still in demand?
Has technology affected the creativity of the young generation?
39. A difficult decision you made
-What the decision was
-Why was it difficult?
Predicament- difficult or unpleasant situation
The standing is shaky- risky position
Intertwine- to twist things together
Triumph- great success, important victory
· Ambivalence- simultaneous attitude and feelings
Dulcet- pleasant to hear
Lucid- very clear and easy to understand
Gratified- to make someone happy
Sagacity- ability to understand difficult ideas and make good decisions
Obnoxious- making people annoyed
Fair and Square- honest
Life and Soul- main support
Need of the hour- necessity of time
The die is cast- decided finally
Time and Tide- in course of time
How the decisions of parents affect the life of children?
What are the things you consider while making a decision?
Should children be allowed to make decisions on own?
How can parents help children to make decisions?
In your country, do parents take decisions on behalf of their children?
Is it good to listen to other’s advice before making a crucial decision?
How can one improve their decision making skills?
What role does technology play in influencing our decisions?
How can the older generation make wise decisions?
Is decision making today different from the decision making in the past?
40. A time you got good result after complaining a lot
- What did you complain about?
-Who you complained to
-When it happened
-Why were you satisfied with the result?
Complaint: - a statement in oral or written form in which someone says they are not satisfied with a particular thing
Stink: - a situation in which people complain angrily
Rumbling: - signs of being unhappy with a situation
Jeremiad: - a long sad list of things that have gone wrong
Inconvenienced: - cause trouble
Retain: - continue to have
What kind of people usually complaint?
When do people usually complain?
- Do you think customers complaints improve the product or services?
· Can a complaint help solve problems easily?
· What other measures one can take to solve problems rather than complain?
Would you buy things from shops where you have previously complained about a particular product or service?
What services or products do people in your country like to complain about?
41. Describe a time when you looked for information from the Internet
-When was it
-What information were you looking for?
-How did it help you?
Integral: - something that is necessary
Reliable: - being dependable.
Trustworthy: - honest and sincere
Informative: - providing interesting information.
Over whelming: - very great in number
Addictive: - something that is habit forming
Communicate: - share information, news, or ideas.
How many people are there on the Internet these days?
What are the advantages of the Internet?
How important is Internet for people nowadays?
Is it legal to watch TV for free on the Internet?
Do you use internet much during the daytime or nighttime?
What do people use internet for?
Who uses internet the most in your country?
What according to you are the disadvantages of using Internet?
Do you do any shopping on internet?
What are the benefits of shopping online?
42. One of your grandparent’s jobs
-What the job was?
-When your grandparent had this job?
-How long they had that job?
-Explain how you felt about this job?
Compassionate: - tolerant and good natured.
Humility: - quality of not being proud
Integrity: - quality of being honest.
Optimistic: - a positive person who is hopeful about the future.
· Creative: - use of the imagination to create something.
Authority: - the power make decisions or give orders
Inappropriate: - unsuitable.
Retain: - continue to have.
Why he or she chose that job?
Who motivated them to do this job?
Do difficult jobs deserve high salary?
What is the most difficult job according to you?
Was their job satisfactory?
Your parents also choose the same profession as their career?
What is your dream job?
What are the challenges employees usually face at their work place?
43. A time you heard news on the internet
-what it was about
-when you heard/ read about it
-what the story was
Article:- a story that is based on the facts
Credible:- something that is believable
Editor:- the head of a particular news organization
Journalist: - A person who writes articles for a particular news organization.
Eye Witness: - A Person who is able to give a firsthand account of a particular event
Accessible :- able to be reached
How do you usually get your news? What are your sources?
What type of news do you usually prefer to read?
Do you pay much attention to the headlines?
Do you think it is important to follow the news on a daily basis?
How do people in your country access the news? Is it online or offline?
Do you think everything we read in news is true?
Do you think the government has the right to censor the press on some issues?
Why do some people only skim read a newspaper?
44. A subject you hated in school but now find it interesting.
-What the subject was?
-Who taught you that subject?
-Why you needed to study that subject?
-Explain why did not like it?
• Literature: - written work or especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit.
• Dissection: - the quality of not being proud because you are aware of your bad qualities.
• Scheduled lessons: - cutting up animals for scientific research.
• Tracing: - copying or outlining.
• Vocational courses: - a course which teaches you skills for a specific job.
• Illiterate: - unable to read and write.
How long you studied that subject?
What you usually do during the lecture of that subject?
Which subjects you liked at that time?
Did your best friend dislike the same subject?
Are you taking any coaching now to learn this subject?
In which subjects students usually face problems or find it difficult to understand?
Would you like to become a teacher?
What do you think teachers should do to make study interesting for students?
45. Something you bought but did not use much.
-What is it?
-When you bought it?
-From where you bought it?
-Explain why you do not often use it?
Carrier bags: - bags that supplied by shops.
To slash prices: - to reduce prices to a great extent
Loyalty card: - a card issued by shop to allow customers to save money
High street names: - well-known shops.
Window shopping: - top visit a store to look at items without buying them.
Shopaholic: - a person who loves shopping so much.
Shopping spree: - enjoy a lively outing, usually with spending of money.
Independent stores: - small shops that are independent of the large companies.
Have you got some other things which you are not using often?
Are you fond of buying things? Why?
Do you prefer online shopping? Why?
Which mode of payment do you usually use?
· What makes a person brand conscious?
With whom do you prefer shopping?
Which is a better place for shopping, malls or market?
Do you do bargaining?
What is your opinion of an open air street market?
46. Describe a family business you know about.
-What type of business it is.
-Who own this business?
-What activities are involved in this business?
• Goal-oriented: - someone who is focused on achieving a particular aim
• Launch: - the start of a new plan or an activity
• Above board:-honest
• Alliance:-an agreement between two or more organizations so as to work together
• Boom: - a time when the business activity increases very rapidly
• Durable: - something that is long lasting
• Do you plan on establishing your own business?
• What are the benefits and drawbacks of a family business?
• What kinds of businesses are the most popular nowadays?
• What makes some people open their own business?
• How important is competition in the business?
• What qualities a business owner ought to have?
• Should companies donate more to non-governmental organizations?
• Are there many companies in your country?
47. Describe a person whom you like to study with.
-Who is he/she?
-When you work/ study together
-What do you often do together?
Multitude – a large number of
Ethics – moral principles
Succumbed – fail to resist pressure
Companionship – a feeling of friendship or companionship
Swat up:- study (something) very hard
Mediocre:- not bad
Cram :- force as much information into your head as possible
· What is the role of a study room for a student?
· Do you like to study alone?
· What type of books do you like to read in leisure time?
· What is your area of specialized study?
· How often do you meet the person with whom you study often?
· Why do you like studying with this particular person? What is so special about the person?
What qualities make a good student?
What role does the teacher in the classroom to improve the quality of studies?
48. A public facility that has recently been opened in your area
-How you felt
Interaction: communication with someone or something.
Socialize: participate in social activities
Mingle: mix together.
Hangout: a place one frequently visits.
Amusement: the enjoyment of entertainment.
Plethora: a large amount of something.
Amenities: a desirable facility of a building or place.
Equipped: supply with the necessary items
Escalators: a moving staircase with circulating belt of steps
Skyscrapers: tall building of many storey
Recreational: denoting activity done for enjoyment
Spick and span: neat and well looked after.
• Do you enjoy visiting public places?
• How often do you visit public places?
• Are there many public places in your city?
• How are public places important?
• Do you think public places are useful for children?
• Is it important to incorporate public places while designing a new city?
• What age group of people prefers to visit public places?
• Do you think that people are less interested to visit public places?
• How the public places can be made more attractive?
• Do you think that the admission to the public places like zoo, library should be free?
• Do you think that public facilities related to sport is more important than leisure facilities
49. Describe a person you heard a lot about
-Who he/she is
-what is special about him/her
-Where you heard about him/her
-explain the quality of that person
Admire: regard with respect
Veteran: a person who has a lot of experience in a particular field.
Dynamic: positive in attitude
Appreciate: be grateful
Determination: firmness of purpose.
Traits: a distinguishing quality
Inculcate: teach (someone) a habit by instruction.
Philanthropist: a person who seeks to promote welfare of other people
Altruistic: someone who is not selfish
Espouse: adopt or support a cause
Prowess: skill in a particular field.
Attributes: a quality or feature
Oratory skills: the art of formal speaking in public
Mettle: ability to cope with difficulties
Tough as nails- super strong
Perseverance: persistence in doing something despite difficulty
Perfectionist: somebody who wants everything perfect
Generous: showing a readiness to give more
Optimistic: a positive person
• Which groups of people are more popular in your country?
• Is it easy to be popular?
• Do you think influence of social media has paved a way for popularity in today’s life?
• What can be the negative implications of being popular?
• Is it right for media to always chase the celebrities?
• Are political leaders popular in your country?
• Do the youth of your country follow famous people?
• Do you think media can help popularize a person?
• How are people judged in your country?
• In what ways can we meet and know new people?
• Do you think we can judge a person from dress?
• Do you think our assumption about a person is always correct?
50. Describe a plant grown in your country.
-what the plant is
-where it is grown
-why you like or dislike it
-explain why it is important to your country.
Diverse: a variety of
Flora: the plant life
Plethora: a number of
Cure: relieve of the symptoms of a disease
Ailments: a minor illness
Bark: the tough protective outer sheath of the trunk of a tree
Ingredients: components of something.
Timber: trees grown for use in building
Bloom: produce flowers
How did you come to know about this plant?
What are the other special uses of this plant?
Name some other useful plants in your country?
What kinds of plants are usually grown by people in garden?
Do you have a kitchen garden at your home?
What kinds of vegetables are commonly grown in the kitchen gardens of your country?
How do people feel when they eat the vegetables grown in their backyards?
Do people like to plant vegetables?
Will people grow few or more vegetables in the future?
Do you think certain climate of your country is suitable only for agriculture?
Do the people of your country believe in plant preservation?
How we can save the plant species that are endangered?
51. Describe a time when you changed your mind
-When was it
-What was the plan?
-Why you had to change it
-How you felt
-Vividly: in a way that produces clear images in the mind.
Ominous: impression that something bad is going to happen
Defending: protecting from harm
Relinquish: cease to keep or claim
Enthralled: capture the attention
Circumstances: a condition connected with an event
Fickle: changing frequently
Persuade: induce a person to do something through reasoning
Enforce: cause (something) to happen
Receptive: willing to consider new suggestions
Why do older people often change plans?
In comparison to the old generation, does young generation like to change plans?
What are the common reasons that lead to change in plans?
How would you tell your friends about a change in your plan?
Give me some examples of plans that are practical
Why do you think people change their mind?
Do you think recent advances in technology lead people to change their mind very quickly?
Do you think these kinds of changes are good?
Do you think it would be better if these changes happen slowly?
52 .Talk about a book you read recently
-what is the name of the book?
-who has written it?
-what is the plot?
-explain if it is good or not?
Spare time: in free time
Spine- tingling: pleasurably frightening.
Gripping: firmly holding the attention
Poignant: evoking a sense of regret.
Tear- jerker: a sentimental story to evoke sadness
Biography: an account of someone’s life written by somebody
Memoirs: a biography written from personal knowledge
Protagonist: the leading character
Tragedy: an event causing suffering,
Non-fiction: prose writing that is factual rather than fictional
Inspiring: having the effect of
-Thought -provoking: stimulating attention.
Storytelling: the activity of telling a story
Anecdotes: a short amusing story about a real incident or person
Twist: an expected outcome
Tale: a true narrative or story
Epic: a long poem from ancient tradition
How impact do books have on a person’s life?
How often do you read books?
Are the Indian writers popular across the globe?
Why can be the reason for the disinterest of people in writing a book?
Do you think that the writers influence our society?
Compare reading books and watching movies?
Why reading book is less popular these days?
Do you think that increasing use of technology is the reason for the less popularity of leading?
What kind of books can be ideal for the children?
Do you think book can be an ideal gift option?
Which age groups of people like to read book?
How can we inculcate the reading habits among children?
What should be the quality of a good author
Do you think that the writers should be paid or encouraged by the government?
53. A website you browse regularly
-what is it
-how long have you been using it
-detailed information about the website
-explain why you often browse this website.
Convenient: easy to use
Encounter: face something
Accumulate: gather together
Substantial: of considerable importance
Recommended: suggested as good
Rely: depend on with full trust
Notifications: the action of notifying someone
Compact: having all the necessary components fitted into a small space.
hassle free: problem free
Comprehensive: dealing with all aspects of something.
Avid: showing a keen interest in something.
-Layout: the way in which text or pictures are set out on a particular page
Cutting edge: the latest stage in the development of something.
User- friendly: easy to use
Look and feel: overall design of a particular website
Browse: scan through a text or website
To stay in touch: to stay connected
addictive: habit-forming, hard to break away from
social media: a website or an application that enables users to communicate with each other
get rid of: take action
reviews: a formal assessment of something
What are the popular websites in your country?
Which types of websites are browsed by youth?
How long have you been using Internet?
Do you think that the online browsing time should be limited?
Do you think that the children should be allowed to use the internet in schools?
How has internet changed your lifestyle?
What do you think will be the possible uses of internet in the future?
How often do you surf the internet?
Do you think that the information we get from the internet in reliable?
How has the internet changed social behavior?
Should companies check job applicants’ online profiles?
54. A person who got successful recently
-who this person is?
-how you knew him/ her?
-what he/ she did?
-explain why he/ she is successful?
Inspired: of extraordinary quality
From Scratch: from the beginning
Top notch: of high quality
Zenith: the time at which something is the most successful
Burn midnight oil: to stay up late studying or working
Business tycoon: unusually successful heads of business or industry
Outlier: a person who is very unusual or successful , not like others of the same group
success story: something that becomes very successful
affectionate :having or displaying affection
ambitious: a strong desire for success
compassionate : showing sympathy for another’s suffering
courageous: face and deal with danger
-courteous: being polite with good manners
diligent: hard working
inventive: creativity in thought or action
sincere: open and genuine
unassuming: not arrogant
witty: combining clever conception and facetious expression
Do you want to be successful in future?
Why do people want to become successful?
What is the standard of success?
Does money mean success?
Do you have ideas about how to become successful?
Can a person be successful without money?
What is the importance of having money in life?
What is the difference between being rich and successful?
How can one strike a balance between the two things?
Can everyone achieve success in their life?
How do successful people live? Can their private life be known by others?
55. A book you want to write.
-What is it about?
-Why you want to write?
-How you prepare yourself for this?
-Which sources help you?
-When you write?
Hardback-a book with a stiff cover.
Futuristic-describing about future.
Plot-a storyline of a manual.
Tear jerking-a tragic one.
Genre-a type of literary.
Follow up questions:
How often you read publications?
How books influence on man’s life?
Who is the famous writer in your nation?
Have you ever thought about publishing any book?
How reading book is different from observing a movie?
Describe briefly your favorite book?